This is Ida Due Koch, our YWPDK profile for February 2015. Ida is a civil engineering student at the Technical University of Denmark with a focus on water, bio-resources and environmental management.
What is your current work title and what is your background/degree?
I am a fulltime student at Technical University of Denmark. I study civil engineering: Water, bio-resources and environmental management.
I work part time as a student assistant at Leif Koch A/S. Leif Koch A/S locate leakages on water pipes with the goal to reduce NRW. We work both in Denmark and abroad. My job varies depending on the needs since it is a small company. I have been writing articles for magazines and newspapers about the company and leakage detection. I also help out at events with customer contact, among other things.
How did you become interested in water, and what are your main interests within this field?
During school, l was introduced to geology and to water’s way around in nature. Together with my knowledge about farming, and how human impact can have a negative effect on the groundwater, l wanted to learn more. I’m very interested in the protection of our water resources. It will become a scarce resource in the near future. I’m particularly interested in recycling the water, minimizing the loss of water by leakages and how we can protect water from pollution and unnecessary drainage.
You are YWPDK’s member number 100! What was your motivation for becoming a member of YWPDK and how did you hear about the network?
I got a flyer from my work. I decided to become a member because l am interested in joining an organization with equal minded people and l was hoping to get inspired and share knowledge with other members. I am excited to become an active member.
What are your thoughts on the challenges that we, as young water professionals, face in the coming years?
I see geopolitical conflicts due to water scarcity as being a big challenge in the near future. Therefore, I am also very interested in international politics and economics since l see a bigger connection between the different fields in relation to water scarcity.